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The Cake is NOT for Eating... (photos)

Thursday, June 07, 2012

My Boss' birthday is tomorrow, so we are having his party tonight at work. Lucky for me, we are not getting pizza (which is the usual protocol) but we are getting Subway. I don't think I will be having any, I have my own lunch I packed. Not a really big deal to me anyway, as I would rather have my quinoa and salsa.

It has been long standing that I am in charge of the cake. Usually, I buy one from the Walmart bakery, complete with a nifty decoration in the flavor of your choice. My Boss, while he likes those cakes, prefers Cherry Chip or Carrot cake. Now, I went to every grocery store in Roaring Spring, East Freedom, Duncansville and Altoona and could not find a Cherry Chip cake mix. In fact, I am pretty sure they stopped making them. I then went to PLAN B - which is Carrot Cake with whipped cream cheese icing.


Of course, I made the cake, but I will not be eating it. Honestly, I don't really even care. I don't feel like I am missing out on anything. I really do hope it turns out well.

We are going to a BBQ with his friends next weekend, and we are supposed to bring a covered dish. Of course, the hostess asked me promptly if I would make a cake. Of course, I agreed. I think I will make an Orange Creamsicle cake. They always seem to go over well. I will write more about that, when the time comes however.

Last night's group was pretty awesome. The RD took us "grocery shopping" at a local supermarket. We went through each department and talked about things we should buy, we should only buy on occasion and things we should avoid at all costs. Most of the stuff I already knew, but it was really nice to get out and be with like minded people who all have the same goals in mind.

On another note... I have been thinking a lot about my boyfriend, and the things he eats. I don't try to push my lifestyle off on anyone. I do however, want my boyfriend to be healthy. It is hard because I guess I enable him to be unhealthy, but then again, if I didn't prepare his food, then he would just eat stuff worse.

For example here is what he will eat today

Breakfast: 4 pancakes made from heart smart bisquick using egg whites and skim milk - w/ at least 4 tablespoons of REAL butter and maybe 1/2 cup of regular syrup.

Lunch - 2 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches made with 2 slices of white bread, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and 1 tablespoon of jelly. I know because I made these myself. With that, he will have 3 servings of wheat thin crackers. T

Dinner - 2 regular hot dogs on 2 regular white rolls w/ bbq potato chips and a klondike bar

He hates fruit - he will only eat apples, and then only if they are in pie. He doesn't really eat veggies unless they are with a meal, and then they are only limited to salad, raw carrots, green beans, corn and peas.

The good news is.. he gave up the Mt. Dew, and now drinks plain water, or Crystal Light packets.

I just want him to be healthy. I was hoping that once he saw me being successful, he would want to join in the fun.

*** SIGH ***

Well anyway, Leroy says "Hai Spark! Thanks for helping my Mommy get healthy!!"

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BILL60 6/8/2012 9:10AM

    You must be from Iowa. I remember Altoona from last year's RAGBRAI. The very best to you and your boyfriend.

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OOLALA53 6/7/2012 3:39PM

    Stay on your own foundation. No one could tell us when was the right time to focus on eating differently. Is your boyfriend actually unhealthy? Even if he is, it's up to him, though I think I'd involve him in food prep more.

That is something that you bake but don't eat cake. However, a lot of people think I'm being so 'good" by not eating sweets on weekdays, but I don't care, really. If a dessert at work looks really good, I'll freeze a piece until the weekend. But I rarely bake. I can keep cookies and cake around, but I still overeat batter and dough. No biggie. I cook other things and buy sweets when needed. Or eat others' offerings! Wish I was going where there was Orange Creamsicle cake.

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BECKY3126 6/7/2012 3:16PM

    I agree with GOTTABEDONE. I think there are little ways that you can "sneak" healthier food in if you want him to eat better. I was doing that with my boyfriend and my kids so that they were still getting some actual nutrition from their food. Even if they think it tastes a little funny the first time, they usually end up liking it just fine the second or third. Or they never notice at all.
Luckily though, my kids and bf now eat what I eat for the most part. Everyone has pretty much gotten used to it and we splurge and eat some of the old stuff every now and then, just not nearly as often as we used to.

Good for you making a cake and being able to not eat it. I don't think I could do that. But I LOVE cake. LOVE.

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GOTTABEDONE 6/7/2012 2:45PM

    you cant change others only yourself. Now that being said would he notice if you put sugar free syrup in the regular bottle? How about getting the wonder bread white bread that at least has all the nutrients of whole wheat? Try making some turkey dogs with your regular dogs and see if he will try them, or slip him one by mistake (wink wink). Sure there are a lot of things you can't change but at least you can make his unhealthy eating as healthy as possible.

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Banana Soft Serve

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

I am totally in love with this stuff. I found the recipe on Spark, and decided to give it a try. It was fantastic!

Before I tried it, I ran it by my RD to get her approval. She thought it was an excellent idea and asked if she could share it with other patients.

I add a tablespoon of PB2 to it to make it extra yummy.

I have group tomorrow. I actually work, but my boss said I could use 1/2 of a vacation day to attend my support group. That works out for me because I still have 2 vacation days to use before July 22nd, and I already have a week scheduled this month, and a week scheduled next month, so I had those 2 days to use. It is actually really awesome, because with the way my schedule works, if I play it right, I can use 2 vacation days and get a week off! I work a rotating schedule. I work 2 days, I am off 3, then work 2, off 2 work 3 and so on. We do it that way so that each "team" can have every other weekend off. That is how I was able to use my vacation to cover all of my days off from surgery, and still have some left over. I have also been with the company for nine years, so I get 20 days to use.

Anyway, we are taking a field trip for group tomorrow. We are going to a local grocery store and learning how to shop. I think it will be very helpful and informative.

I volunteered at the Library today, and as usual, it was awesome. I am really enjoying my time there. I have volunteered a lot of days next week to help get ready for summer reading!

I think that is all for now!!

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KMIRANDA2000 6/6/2012 10:27AM the frozen whipped bananas...they serve it in a local ice cream place near me...just frozen bananas...YUM!

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KMIRANDA2000 6/6/2012 10:25AM

    OK...did you undergo a name change as well? LOL

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Monday, June 04, 2012

I am trying to come up with a reward system. It is really hard... I used to reward myself for every 5 pounds lost, but now, if I do that I will go broke. So, I am trying to come up with something...

I tried quinoa for the first time tonight. I love it! The only thing I dislike about it is that it is very filling, and since it is very filling a little goes a very long way. I am the only one who eats it, soo...

I am very pleased that I lost 5 pounds this week. That really makes up for last week. I know that I worked very hard.

I have noticed that exercise is starting to get easier. Like I am not getting as winded as I was. The same goes for walking up stairs. I mean, I am still a klutz, and I don't think anything is ever going to change that, but I can't ask for everything!

I am going to volunteer at the library tomorrow, so I better get to bed.

That is all for now

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SPRINKLECHEZ 6/8/2012 9:53PM

    I am glad that you are rewarding yourself. We all need to remember that this is the "present" and is so aptly named because each day is a gift or a present. Enjoy yourself in whatever way you want, you have worked hard to get here, and tomorrow is only going to be another gift to be enjoyed. Have a great weekend. Hugs and Pickles - your friend,

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RADAZZLE 6/6/2012 12:00AM

    emoticon Nice feeling, isn't it, losing weight?!!! Keep up the good work!

I've started to actually work some rewards into what I'm doing. Like... I reward myself for exercising by allowing myself to watch a specific TV program (even if it's while I'm exercising). When it's nice weather, I'm going to make it a goal to take a walk at my nearby preserve and, when I've reached a specific point - maybe length of time walking, I will allow myself to find a spot to sit and read (just got a Kindle). You can do that type of thing, too. Take a bubble bath (or extra long shower) when you've eaten well for the day, and so on.


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BRIGHTEYES86 6/5/2012 7:33PM

    Play bingo with your friends!! :)

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DEBORAH-SIMS 6/5/2012 2:30AM

  Look for rewards that won't cost you anything or make it 10 pounds before you reward yourself. You don't have to buy a book or DVD when you can go to the library. They even have fitness videos at most libraries that you could try to reward yourself. If you want to learn something new you can check out a book to learn that. You can even check out a cookbook for dieters. Spending time with people doesn't cost money. You just need someone willing to spend it with you. I am sure if you wanted to have a game night for losing weight someone would be willing to do that, or if you wanted to have a party. Each person could bring one low calorie snack to share so you aren't making a lot of food. You can incorporate dancing or exercise as a theme even. People can bring there favorite dance or exercise video. Rewards can be anything that motivates you. It does not need to cost any money.

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In Need of a Hobby

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

I have decided that I need some hobbies in addition to my volunteer work at the Library. I need something to take up the time I used to spend on eating. I used to plan my entire day around food, and now I need something to fill those spaces. I also need to find hobbies that are going to get me to be more active.

I have decided that going to the gym is a hobby. Of course, I aim to do this on most days. When I work on weekends, exercise is almost impossible. That is only every other weekend though. I have a good system of packing along my clothes, going to the gym, and then coming to work to get ready. That is one awesome thing about working for a large trucking company. We have awesome facilities available to use. I will take a private shower room over the gym any day!

I have also decided that I am going to try my hand at growing some things. I am going to get some cherry tomato plants and some herbs and start a little pot garden. I can't till up a space in my yard, but I am able to work it using some pots. I will give it a try, and if they do well, then I will expand the following year.

I go to my support group once a month, and have plans to attend another support group with a friend of mine. That would be two meetings a month. I recognize that there is a need for me to attend these groups.

I need to find another hobby besides spending money... that is for sure!!

I think that is all for now

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RADAZZLE 6/4/2012 12:32AM

    Sounds like a plan! emoticon

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KMIRANDA2000 5/29/2012 4:55PM

    How about more volunteerism!! Always makes you feel better and takes you away from whatever is bothering you.

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Pretty bummed out...

Monday, May 28, 2012

This is the first week since I have had surgery that I have not lost a significant amount of weight. I went from 220.8 to 220.6. I am wondering what is going on? Or if nothing is really going on, and it is just normal?

I am taking a close look at my logs to see if there is anything that needs to be changed, but that is hard since my medical team won't give me a calorie/carb/fat range to work with. They only give me a protein range, which isn't very helpful.

I then worry if my Implanon might have caused it.

I guess the only thing I can do is continue to follow my diet, track my food and exercise. I realize I need to drink more fluid... It is just something I am bad at. I always have been. I am not a big drinker.

If I don't lose next week, I am going to make an appointment with the RD to go over things, or at least I will fax her my food logs and she can look at them and get back to me.

It is seriously bothering me... I mean, I didn't gain anything, but I can't understand why I didn't lose weight. Like I said, we will see what happens next week, and go from there.

I know there are going to be weeks when I don't lose. I know that there are going to be weeks when I might even gain some, but I didn't think it would happen this early out...


well, time to exercise, the gym is closed, so I am going to do a Walk Away the Pounds DVD, then I am going to get ready for work.

That is all for now

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BRIGHTEYES86 6/5/2012 8:31PM

    Don't get discouraged.. you are doing a great job with the weight loss. Seeing you succeed makes me want to try harder. emoticon

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PANDAS10 6/4/2012 5:14PM

    Try not to get too down... looking at your food tracker, you seem to be doing very well. Just remember that weight loss in and of itself isn't the best indicator of health... even if the weight loss hasn't shown up on the scale, it will, and in the meantime you will still be healthier than you were 6 months ago.
Just remember that while gastric bypass can be a great tool, it isn't the only thing that will determine your outcome - learning to cope with these issues will make you stronger (mentally and emotionally) as you go through recovery and will help you to maintain your success for the longterm.
Although this is not something I would choose for myself, I'm always 100% behind those that do choose it.... Just stick with your plans, follow up with your doctor or RD as needed... if they think things are fine, then keep doing what you're doing while learning to accept all that comes with the process. You will be successful!

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BABARR67 6/3/2012 10:24PM

    Don't worry, Sweet. Your body needs time to adjust. After surgery I had weeks where I lost 5 lbs and weeks when I didn't lose anything... after 100 some pounds off I'm struggling with the last 5 to get my "free" WW. LOL. The point is to keep eating healthy. The weight loss is a byproduct of the healthy behavior. My bad thing recently has been lack of exercise. I stopped for awhile due to some minor varicose vein surgery and haven't gotten back into the swing. I need to start swingin' Gonna go write a blog on that topic. LOL. HUGS and try not to worry. As for hobbies... the more physical stuff you can think of, the better. I got back into horseback riding after 20 yrs. I just got a groupon for rock climbing. I did a couch to 5k thing that totally took off pounds and made me feel amazing bc I didn't really believe I could do it, til I did it. HUGS, BEV

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SETAGOAL1 5/28/2012 8:29PM

    You have not given up on yourself. You now know you are the only one that can make it happen for you.

You have the power to succeed or fail.

You have chosen to succeed.

Few baby steps complete a long journey

Writing is progress!!!

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PATTYR81 5/28/2012 2:34PM

    You've made it through the major milestone: actually having the WLS surgery- YAY! CONGRATS to you!!! You have clearly had awesome courage, determination and perseverence to get to this point.

I think you've got the right mindset: keep on sticking to your program and persevering some more. I am the Queen of wanting things now, so totally understand your point of view.

Hang in there! You are doing GREAT!

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